by Joseph H. RADDER
Vince Evans is an enthusiastic Western New Yorker, but hes also passionate about Pennsylvania. Born in Wilkes Barre in 1949, he grew up in Plymouth. In school he played sports including Little League baseball and basketball. He loves the New York Yankees, the Bills and the Sabres too.
When it comes to participation sports, hes passionate about golf. However, he has yet to match the crowning golf achievement by his wife Patrice, a hole-in-one on August 1, 2001. Their love of golf is played out at Myrtle Beach as well as at local courses from May through October. They look forward to a special round at Pebble Beach later this year.
Vince was born in 1949, the firstborn child of Vincent Raymond and Frances Evans. His Dad traveled a lot in his work so Vince, his brother Blayne, and sisters Michelle and Rene grew up in what was essentially a single parent family much of the time. When Vinces dad was home, however, there was a lot of laughter in the Evans household. Friends and neighbors called Vince Sr. and Frances Desi and Lucy.
Vinces brother and two sisters are much younger, so he spent his early years as an only child. He went to St. Vincents Elementary and High School in Plymouth and then on to Kings College in Wilkes Barre where he majored in social work. He achieved a Masters degree in social work later at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he also took a number of business courses.
Vince has two childrenJeff, who is now age 24 and a musician, and Megan, now 15,
and a student at Mount St.Marys High School.
A musician himself, Vince plays the guitar and sings and has written a number of original songs for family weddings and special events.
Vince met Patrice when they worked together at Buffalo Hospice. They were married in 1998. Vince is not only a wonderful father, but also a wonderful stepfather to my three children, Jennifer, 27, Michael, 25 and Kathy, 22, Patrice proudly adds.
Vince spent many years as a social worker and then moved to the administrative side of the health profession, first at the Visiting Nurses Association, then at Professional Care (later Norell), then at Mercy Home Care and Hospice.
His writing and people skills qualified him for Public Relations positions along the way. And he is now Director of Corporate Communications for Willcare.
You know about his writing skill if you are a reader of Living Prime Time. Vince is a regular contributor. His most recent feature article in Living Prime Time was the biographical sketch of hockeys famous Scotty Bowman and the Bowman family.
Vince has always been very creative, his wife, Patrice, says and he has always enjoyed the writing side of his work most of all.
Public speaking is an important part of his work for Willcare and he frequently puts on presentations within the many branches of Willcare from Cleveland to the Hudson Valley. One time, when he was with Hospice, he went to Hungary to make a presentation.
As president of the local chapter of New York State Health Care Providers for this year Vince continues to support excellence in home health care.
In addition Vince is also on the boards of Musical Fare Theater, the Sheehan Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame and Coordinated Care.
His skill with words extends into his personal life as well. Patrice remembers the eulogy he wrote and delivered at his fathers funeral as one of the most moving things I have ever heard. That day was an especially difficult one for Vince for it was also his birthday.
Patrices love for her husband is impossible to conceal. He is one of the most ethical people I have ever known, she said. And he is such a hard worker. Vinces leadership sets an example for all who know him. Its no wonder so many people admire and respect him.
Give 100% of yourself 100% of the time, is Vince Evans philosophy of life. His life of selfless activity is strong testimony to that creed.
One quality that we havent mentioned is Vince Evans modesty. We knew he wouldnt submit to an interview for this article, so we turned to his wife. Hes going to kill me when he reads this, Patrice said.
Joseph Radder is a freelance writer.
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